What does independent mean?

Definitions for independent
ˌɪn dɪˈpɛn dəntin·de·pen·dent

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word independent.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. mugwump, independent, fencesitter(noun)

    a neutral or uncommitted person (especially in politics)

  2. freelancer, freelance, free-lance, free lance, independent, self-employed person(adj)

    a writer or artist who sells services to different employers without a long-term contract with any of them

  3. independent(adj)

    free from external control and constraint

    "an independent mind"; "a series of independent judgments"; "fiercely independent individualism"

  4. autonomous, independent, self-governing, sovereign(adj)

    (of political bodies) not controlled by outside forces

    "an autonomous judiciary"; "a sovereign state"

  5. independent, main(a)(adj)

    (of a clause) capable of standing syntactically alone as a complete sentence

    "the main (or independent) clause in a complex sentence has at least a subject and a verb"

  6. independent(adj)

    not controlled by a party or interest group


  1. independent(Noun)

    A candidate or voter not affiliated with any political party, a free thinker, free of a party platform.

  2. independent(Noun)

    A neutral or uncommitted person.

  3. independent(Adjective)

    not dependent; not contingent or depending on something else; free

  4. independent(Adjective)

    not affiliated with any political party

  5. Origin: From Latin independens, present participle from prefix in-, not, plus dependens, dependent or literally hanging from, from verb dependere, depend, hang from, from prefix de-, from or concerning, plus pendere, hang

Webster Dictionary

  1. Independent(adj)

    not dependent; free; not subject to control by others; not relying on others; not subordinate; as, few men are wholly independent

  2. Independent(adj)

    affording a comfortable livelihood; as, an independent property

  3. Independent(adj)

    not subject to bias or influence; not obsequious; self-directing; as, a man of an independent mind

  4. Independent(adj)

    expressing or indicating the feeling of independence; free; easy; bold; unconstrained; as, an independent air or manner

  5. Independent(adj)

    separate from; exclusive; irrespective

  6. Independent(adj)

    belonging or pertaining to, or holding to the doctrines or methods of, the Independents

  7. Independent(adj)

    not dependent upon another quantity in respect to value or rate of variation; -- said of quantities or functions

  8. Independent(adj)

    not bound by party; exercising a free choice in voting with either or any party

  9. Independent(noun)

    one who believes that an organized Christian church is complete in itself, competent to self-government, and independent of all ecclesiastical authority

  10. Independent(noun)

    one who does not acknowledge an obligation to support a party's candidate under all circumstances; one who exercises liberty in voting


  1. Independent

    In politics, an independent or nonpartisan politician is an individual not affiliated to any political party. There are numerous reasons why someone may stand for office as an independent. Independents may hold a centrist viewpoint between those of major political parties. Sometimes they hold a viewpoint more extreme than any major party, or they may have a viewpoint based on issues that they do not feel that any major party addresses. Other independent politicians may be associated with a political party, be former members of it, or have views that align with it, but choose not to stand under its label. Others may belong to or support a political party but believe they should not formally represent it and thus be subject to its policies. Some independents choose to form an alliance rather than a party and have formally registered their "independents" group. In some countries political parties are illegal and all candidates effectively stand as independents. Finally, some independent candidates may form a political party for the purposes of running for public office.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Independent

    in-de-pend′ent, adj. (with of) not dependent or relying on others: not subordinate: not subject to bias: affording a comfortable livelihood: belonging to the Independents: (gram.) of some parts of speech (noun, pronoun, verb), capable of forming sentences without the others.—n. one who in ecclesiastical affairs holds that every congregation should be independent of every other and subject to no superior authority—a Congregationalist: (math.) not depending on another for its value, said of a quantity or function.—ns. Independ′ence, Independ′ency.—adv. Independ′ently.—Declaration of Independence, the document embodying the reasons for the secession of the thirteen colonies of America from England, reported to the Continental Congress, July 4, 1776—observed in the United States as a legal holiday—Independence Day.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. independent

    A merchant ship under naval control sailed singly and unescorted by a warship. See also military independent.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. independent

    In a military sense, is a term which distinguishes from the rest of the army those companies which have been raised by individuals for rank, and were afterwards drafted into corps that were short of their complement of men. Independent company or troop, is one that is not incorporated into any regiment.

Editors Contribution

  1. independent

    A type of political candidate or elected politician who seek to represent their constituency or electoral ward rather than represent a political party.

    My father stood in the local elections as an independent politician.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 25, 2017  
  2. independent

    Funded and supported by a variety of sustainable forms of income rather than by a form of government benefit, government support or income.

    Citizens aspire to be independent people who can earn an income and not have to apply for a government benefit, government support or income.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 18, 2017  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'independent' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1015

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'independent' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1727

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'independent' in Adjectives Frequency: #124

How to pronounce independent?

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How to say independent in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of independent in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of independent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of independent in a Sentence

  1. Jocelyn Kiley:

    Millennials are coming in as more independent.

  2. Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani:

    Certainly the independent Kurdistan is coming.

  3. Cuban President Raul Castro:

    For example, graduating independent journalists.

  4. Leslie Kelly:

    It really cut down on her ability to feel independent.

  5. Malik Yusef:

    He would run as a democrat or possibly as an independent.

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